RTA (Road Traffic Accident) In Scotland
What Is A Road Traffic Accident In Scotland?
Road traffic accidents (RTAs) are the most common personal injury compensation claims in Scotland. If you have been injured in an RTA, whether as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, and it wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. This compensation is there to help you get your life back on track. Our RTA accident specialists in Scotland are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Common RTAs In Scotland
RTAs can be extremely stressful. Not only are RTAs painful, they can also lead to financial hardship as you may find that you need to take time off work to allow you to heal. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors are dedicated to helping you to get the justice you deserve for your road traffic accident.
We want to take the stress out of this situation, and to allow you to seek justice for your road traffic accident without having to worry about the cost. Our personal injury claims solicitors are experts at getting you the compensation you deserve, all on a no win no fee basis.
If you are considering making an RTA compensation claim, our claims team is here to help. We are available 24 hours a day, so call us or claim online today.
Personal Injury Claims For Your Road Traffic Accident In Scotland
Our specialist personal injury solicitors want to make your road traffic accident compensation claim as stress free as possible. We offer a 24/7 service to make sure that you are able to access the help you need when you need it. You can start your road traffic accident compensation claim with a single phone call. We are available for you to call or to apply online and have us call you back for free at a time of your choosing.
It only takes a short call to start the process of making your road traffic accident claim. During this call, our expert team of personal injury solicitors will listen carefully to everything you tell us, making sure that we understand the full extent of your injuries, the causes of your accident and the ways in which it has impacted your life. This allows us to give you the kind of detailed and personalised advice we believe you deserve.
Our team of personal injury specialists are able to complete almost all of the paperwork and forms required to make your road traffic accident compensation claim, making sure that we only ask you to do anything when it is absolutely necessary. This can help to reduce the stress you are feeling, as well as to ensure that you have the time you need to heal. If you would prefer, we are also able to arrange home visits to complete the small amounts of paperwork that require your direct signature.
Making an RTA compensation claim doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful, and with our help, it won’t be.
Typical Compensation Amounts For RTAs In Scotland
The amount of compensation received for different types of injuries varies hugely and is completely dependent on your specific road traffic accident. This makes it incredibly difficult to answer the question of how much compensation you are likely to receive. This is why we recommend that you call us and discuss your case as soon as possible. There are some general principles behind the amount of compensation you receive, however.
The first aspect of our compensation is there to recognise and acknowledge the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your road traffic accident. This is set nationally by the Judicial College and is governed by a set of guideline amounts that each type of injury is likely to receive in compensation. These amounts are usually ranges, and the ranges can be quite broad, to allow for the high degree of individual variation in your specific injuries. Our experienced team of road traffic accident claims specialists are able to give you a much more accurate view of how much you are likely to receive for this part of your compensation claim.
The second aspect to your road traffic accident compensation claim is there to make sure that you are not left financially worse off as a result of your road traffic accident. This includes compensating you for any money you may have had to pay out to aid your recovery, such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy, to adapt to the injuries you have, including home modifications or the purchase of prosthetics in very serious RTAs, and also to make sure that you do not lose out through lack of work if you have to take some time off to heal. If you are unable to return to your previous line of work as a result of your injuries, you may even be able to claim for the loss of the potential earnings you could have expected. As may be clear, this can often be the far larger portion of your compensation payment.
As may now be obvious, the amount that you are able to claim in the second part of this compensation is often far greater than that available if you were just taking the Judicial College guidelines into account. Our dedicated team are able to ensure that you are claiming for the full range of expenses you are entitled to, because we believe that you should never be left worse off as a result of an RTA that wasn’t your fault.
Can I Expect To Get My Compensation Quickly For My Road Traffic Accident In Scotland?
Road traffic accident compensation claims can differ dramatically in terms of how long they take to resolve. Despite this, we understand that you need your case resolved as quickly as possible. Resolving your case allows you to move on from your road traffic accident, with the financial support you need behind you.
Some cases can be settled very quickly indeed, with many taking just a couple of months and the very fastest needing only a few weeks. For cases to be resolved this quickly, they will usually be for more minor injuries and, therefore, smaller compensation amounts. If you are claiming a smaller amount of money, there is less incentive for the other side to reduce your claim through lengthy negotiations. Personal injury compensation claims that are resolved this quickly as also the ones where the other side accept liability almost immediately, removing the need for evidence gathering and offering proof, both of which take time.
If your case is more complicated, for example if the other person refuses to accept that they were to blame or if there are multiple people who were all partially to blame for what happened, it might take much longer for you to get the compensation you deserve. Cases that have to go to court can last significantly longer than those that do not.
No Win No Fee Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claims In Scotland
Because we know that the period following an RTA can be financially very difficult, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to almost all of our clients. This means that you won’t need to find the money to pay for legal fees to start your road traffic accident compensation claim.
When you instruct us as your solicitors on a no win no fee basis, we are able to act on your behalf, without you needing to pay anything at all until you receive the compensation you are entitled to. If we are not able to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t owe us anything. This means that you are able to seek the compensation you need without worrying that you will be financially worse off as a result.
There are a very few circumstances under which it is not possible for us to offer a no win no fee agreement. If your road traffic accident comes into this category, we will let you know as soon as possible and will discuss alternative funding options with you.
There is no reason to delay making your road traffic accident compensation claim. If you have suffered an RTA that wasn’t your fault, call us or claim online today.
If I Lose My Compensation Claim, Will I Have To Pay For My RTA In Scotland?
Absolutely not. We can assure you that you will never be asked to make any payments whatsoever for any claim in which we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve. This is the best part of making a claim on a no win no fee road traffic accident claim. It means that you are able to make your claim and try to get justice for your accident or injury without putting yourself or your financial stability at risk.
Do I Have A Time Limit For Making A Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim In Scotland?
It is important that you make your road traffic accident compensation claim as soon as you can after your accident. All claims should be made within 2 years of the incident that caused your injury, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you are approaching this point, it is important that you talk with our personal injury solicitors today. They will be able to advise you on how best to proceed.
There are some accidents or injuries that mean that it might be worth waiting a little while before making your road traffic accident compensation claim. These are usually those in which it is not fully clear how well and quickly you are likely to heal or where there is a risk that some symptoms have not yet become obvious. Talking with our ekyword1 does not start the formal process, however, so there is no need to delay in calling us and getting the legal advice you need.
How The Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim In Scotland Process Works
Making an RTA compensation claim for any accident or injury you may have sustained follows the same basic process.
The first thing to do before starting your road traffic accident compensation claim is to make sure that you have arranged the legal support and advice that you will need. To discuss your claim and your options, call us or claim online. Working with our team of dedicated personal injury claims solicitors gives you the best possible chance of getting the compensation payment you deserve.
The first thing we, as your solicitors, need to do is notify the other person that you are making an RTA compensation claim against them. We ask them to accept that they were at fault and we give them a deadline by which they must respond.
If the other party does not accept that they were to blame for your accident, we will prove this to them. We will provide them with evidence and supporting documentation to demonstrate that we can present a convincing case in court. It is extremely rare for an employer to continue to dispute liability beyond this point.
Once we have established and agreed who was to blame, we will then conduct negotiations on your behalf to agree the amount of compensation that you will accept. It is very common for the other party to offer a very low amount of compensation to begin with, to see whether you will accept this (a practice known as making a lowball offer). We will always advise you as to whether we believe that the amount of compensation being offered for your injuries is fair or not. Whether to accept an offer of compensation will always be your decision. If you reject an offer, we will explain this to the other party and provide the reasons we believe that you are entitled to a higher amount.
Sometimes, claims will have to go to court to be judged, rather than being settled in the process described above. This is very rare, but it happens if the other person refuses to accept that they were responsible for your accident, or if it is not possible to agree on a fair amount of compensation. If this happens in your case, we will be with you throughout the process, making it as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
How To Start Your Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim In Scotland
Making an RTA claim can seem daunting. It can be hard to decide whether to go ahead with making a claim, and you may be unsure who to trust. Our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience helping people just like you to make their road traffic accident compensation claims.
The first step, if you are thinking of making an RTA compensation claim, is to make sure that you have access to the help that you will need. Call us or claim online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation with our dedicated team of expert personal injury claims solicitors. Our road traffic accident specialists are available 24/7 to ensure that we can give you the support you need at a time of your choosing.
As part of the conversation, our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors will listen to the full details of your road traffic accident. This includes everything that happened around your road traffic accident (especially in the period just before it, as well as who you believe was to blame), the ways in which your life has been impacted by what has happened and the full extent of your injuries. This allows us to give you personalised advice about the likelihood of winning your case, as well as the amount of compensation you might receive.
How Do I Know Whether I Can Make A Road Traffic Accident Claim In Scotland?
Following an RTA, many people are left unsure as to whether they are entitled to make a compensation claim. There are a few simple requirements for making an RTA compensation claim, but they are very straightforward and most people will find that they do qualify.
The first thing to note is that you must have sustained an actual injury as a result of your road traffic accident. This injury does not need to have been exclusively physical, as psychological damage is also recognised as important. You cannot make an RTA compensation claim for near misses, however, or if you have an accident but are not injured in any way.
It is also necessary for someone else to have to been to blame for your road traffic accident, for you to be able to make a compensation claim. This person or organisation does not have to have been the immediate or direct cause of what happened, but they do need to have been in some way responsible for your welfare and making sure that you are not put at risk. For accidents or injuries that occur at work, it is very easy to fulfil this criteria, as your employer has a legal responsibility to look after your health and safety.
The person or organisation that you are claiming against must also have been able to predict something along the lines of what happened to you. This does not mean that you have to prove that they did anticipate it, but a reasonable person who was taking their role seriously in terms of health and safety should be able to foresee the danger.
The final consideration is what measures were taken to protect you. If no protective measures were put in place, your claim is highly likely to be successful. If they did take some steps to keep you safe, you may still be able to claim if these were not sufficient, given the degree of risk.
If you have suffered an RTA and you believe that someone else was to blame, we are here to help you put together the best possible road traffic accident compensation claim. Call our experienced team of expert personal injury claims solicitors or claim online today to see how we can help.
What Can You Do In The Period Immediately After Your Road Traffic Accident In Scotland?
It is absolutely vital that the first thing you do following your road traffic accident is to protect yourself. Make sure that you are safe from further harm and that you have access to the medical assistance that you need as an absolute priority. Once this has been done, there are a few additional steps you may wish to take to help with your road traffic accident compensation claim.
It is essential that you make sure that you remember clearly all of the circumstances surrounding your road traffic accident. The more details you are able to provide, the better your evidence will be. Writing down exactly what happened and the circumstances that led to your road traffic accident, especially if you can do it soon afterwards, can help you to remember far more details and it can also be used as further evidence.
It can also be worth making sure that you have a note of the names and contact details of anyone who might have witnessed your road traffic accident. If there is anyone who can support your description as to what happened, or who can back up your assertion as to who was to blame, this can be an advantage when it comes to making your compensation claim.
Collecting photographs or videos of the area in which your road traffic accident happened can also be very helpful, but you should only do this if it safe to do so. Anything showing relevant details, including anything that might have caused or exacerbated (made worse) your road traffic accident is particularly valuable to show.
Whilst these things can help with your road traffic accident compensation claim, they are not essential and you should not pressure yourself to do them if you do not feel able following your road traffic accident. The most important step, however, is to call us or claim online today. This simple task will get you access to expert legal advice and provide you with the support you need, throughout your road traffic accident compensation claim.
How Can Personal Injury Solicitors Help?
We know that making an RTA claim can seem stressful. We want to take the stress out of the process and make it easy for you to get the compensation you deserve. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to make sure that you can access legal help and support when you need it. Just call us now or claim online and we will arrange a free call back at a time convenient to you. This level of support can be invaluable in helping you to feel confident about the road traffic accident claims process.
Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors understand the importance of listening. We make sure that we listen carefully to every aspect of your case, including who was at fault, the circumstances surrounding your road traffic accident, all of the details of your injuries and the ways in which this has impacted your life. This degree of personalised care means that we are able to give you the most accurate information and advice that is specific to you.
Our expert teams are also able to carry out almost all of the paperwork and forms required for your road traffic accident compensation claim. We know that our clients find the process of making a compensation claim to be stressful, and that the idea of time-consuming and complex forms puts many people off from getting the compensation you deserve. We can take over all of this. For the few forms that do still require your personal attention, we can arrange a home visit to help you complete these, if you prefer.
Our team are here 24 hours per day to help with your road traffic accident compensation claim.
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